White Sox 2002 Draft Overview
By Josh Boyd
Scouting Director: Doug Laumann (first year: 2001).
2000 Draft (First three rounds, picking 12th)
2001 Draft (First three rounds, picking 27th)
Shaffer was promoted to senior director of scouting and then to his current job as senior director of player development, where he still works closely with Laumann on amateur scouting.
In Laumann's first draft last year, he continued the White Sox' focus on building pitching depth. After drafting righthander Kris Honel 16th overall, he selected righthander Wyatt Allen in the sandwich round--both with picks they got for the Marlins' signing of Charles Johnson. He took lefthander Ryan Wing in the second before drafting two high school position players--catcher Jonathan Zeringue and outfielder Jay Mattox--who did not sign. A couple of potential sleepers have emerged in shortstop Andy Gonzalez (fifth round) and outfielder Anthony Webster (15th).
With Shaffer as scouting director and Laumann as national crosschecker, the White Sox took advantage of having seven of the top 99 picks in the 1999 draft by infusing the system with arms. All told, they took pitchers with 14 of their first 15 picks.
The first of them, righthander Jason Stumm, has battled injuries but still has a tremendous ceiling, while the draft has already produced major leaguers in Matt Ginter (first round), Danny Wright (second) and Jon Rauch (third), with supplemental first-rounders Brian West and Rob Purvis still on the rise.
The lone position player they went after among their first 15 picks in 1999 was second-rounder Bobby Hill, who spent the season in the independent Atlantic League before going back into the 2000 draft and signing with the Cubs as a second-rounder.
Hill was the eighth player who had Scott Boras as his agent that the White Sox have drafted and failed to sign. They haven't selected a Boras client since, and this year that could rule out several talented pitchers including Bobby Brownlie, Jeremy Guthrie, Mark McCormick and Jason Neighborgall. Canadian lefty Jeff Francis could be one of their targets if he slips to the 18th pick.
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